Iola Becomes Newest Brazos Valley City

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The Brazos Valley has a new city. By an overwhelming margin, Iola voters approved incorporation Tuesday. The final total was 91 in favor and only 4 against.

Iola is now the fifth incorporated city in Grimes County joining Navasota, Anderson, Todd Mission and Bedias. And like neighboring Bedias, the impetus behind incorporation was mounting sewer problems.

As a city, Iola is now eligible for state assistance in building its first sanitary sewer system. It will also be the first $10,000 recipient of First State Bank of Bedias' Incorporation Challenge.

The bank announced Monday it will donate $10,000 to any Grimes County town that incorporates during the next five years. The gift is in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of First State Bank of Bedias.